Letter from the 2012 Board President

Dear ACLF family,

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation (ACLF) I want to thank you all for your continued support of the organization. ACLF is beginning its 13th year of training and supporting the leadership of Asian Pacific Islanders with a commitment to social justice, community empowerment and public service.

Last year our 12th Community Leaders Program (CLP) class came together from a diverse range of ages, cultures, backgrounds, and education levels to complete a group project to help the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda) create an arts revitalization strategy by researching city models, identifying stakeholders, analyzing the current environment or trends for arts/culture funding and conducting surveys, interviews and focus groups. The CLP class’ experience culminated in the Graduation Dinner and Auction on Oct. 29, 2011. The event drew more than 200 people to recognize and celebrate these new leaders in the community.

Also in 2011, alumni from ACLF’s 2010 CLP class hosted the first Family Breakfast at the Nisei Veterans Clubhouse. The event was an opportunity to reconnect with ACLF alumni and supporters and showcase what ACLF does for the community. The breakfast was also a very successful fundraising event that we plan to host again this spring so watch for a save the date in the coming weeks.

Last year we also welcomed Office Manager/Program Coordinator Bao Nguyen. While the board is responsible for keeping its eyes on the big picture and supporting ACLF’s work committees, Bao will be handling the day-to-day operations of ACLF and coordinating the Community Leaders Program.

The ACLF Board and staff are committed to continuing the legacy of our founders and continuing the organization’s mission to promote social, economic and political justice by training and supporting a strong, sustainable community of civically engaged leaders that reflect the diversity of local Asians and Pacific Islanders. We are able to do this because of support from the community. Thank you again for your support. It’s because of you that we are a strong, thriving organization going on 13 years.

If you would like to learn more about ACLF or to donate please visit our website at www.aclfnorthwest.org.

Please feel free to contact me at craig.kanaya@gmail.com or Bao at baon@aclfnorthwest.org with any questions.

Best regards,

Craig Kanaya

ACLF 2012 Board President



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